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Cedefop Newsletter no. 44 - September/October 2014

 

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  Cedefop at the Greek Parliament

Cedefop at the Greek Parliament

Cedefop presented its work to the Greek Parliament, for the first time, on 23 October. A delegation headed by Director James Calleja addressed MPs of the Education and Social Affairs select committees and answered questions on the agency’s contribution to the development of vocational education and training (VET) and its cooperation with Greek authorities and VET institutions.

 
 
 

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Invest in more good quality and innovative jobs – Cedefop Director

Invest in more good quality and innovative jobs – Cedefop Director

‘Europe’s true problem is not one of a deficit of skills, but primarily a deficit of creation of good quality jobs,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the European Parliament of Enterprises on 16 October in Brussels.
 
 
EU agencies procurement officers meet at Cedefop

EU agencies procurement officers meet at Cedefop

The annual NAPO meeting, bringing together procurement officers from all EU agencies and including contributions from DG Budget, DG Informatics and the European Court of Auditors, was hosted by Cedefop on 16 and 17 October.
 
 
New data comparing literacy rates in general and vocational education

New data comparing literacy rates in general and vocational education

Literacy skills of adults aged 25-64 with general education tend to be higher than for those with vocational qualifications across all European countries covered by the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills.
 
 
VET working with business can fight youth unemployment

VET working with business can fight youth unemployment

To address the issue of skill shortages in European businesses, ‘we need to move towards work-based learning and quality apprenticeships, eliminate as much as possible inequalities in training and attract non-trained workers,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the European Business Forum on Vocational Training (23-24 September), in Brussels.
 
 
EU agencies at the European Parliament

EU agencies at the European Parliament

Forty one European agencies, including Cedefop, showcased their work at the European Parliament between 6 and 9 October.
 
 
German MPs briefed on VET issues during Cedefop visit

German MPs briefed on VET issues during Cedefop visit

A delegation of German federal MPs, members of the Bundestag’s Budget Committee, visited Cedefop on 17 September accompanied by the German General Consul and met with the agency’s Deputy Director Mara Brugia.
 
 
More country apprenticeship reviews to be conducted by Cedefop in 2015

More country apprenticeship reviews to be conducted by Cedefop in 2015

‘With our limited resources we will try to come closer to the Member States and work with them to push vocational education and training (VET) reform further,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the first validation workshop of the agency’s review of Lithuania’s and Malta’s apprenticeship systems.
 
 
Credit transfer systems: what will it take for them to work together?

Credit transfer systems: what will it take for them to work together?

Last May, Cedefop held an expert workshop on how credit transfer systems can open doors between vocational and higher education. Participants investigated how credit transfer systems work in practice, and sought complementary and alternative solutions to the challenges these systems face.
 
 
Norwegian union’s Governing Board visits Cedefop

Norwegian union’s Governing Board visits Cedefop

Cedefop hosted a meeting of the Governing Board of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagvorbundet) on 22 and 23 October.
 
 
 

Valuing diversity: guidance for labour market integration of migrants

Arguing for guidance to ease the integration of third country immigrants into the European labour market may seem untimely given today’s high youth unemployment, but anticipating future developments and informing policy-makers are one of Cedefop’s main tasks.
 
 
Coming soon: Cedefop’s new web portal

Coming soon: Cedefop’s new web portal

Cedefop’s web portal is undertaking a major makeover. In the second week of November, the new web portal will go live with a fresher look and feel, also providing several new features.
 
 
New publication: Policy handbook

New publication: Policy handbook

Europe has not yet harnessed the full potential of continuous vocational education and training (CVET): we need to increase participation, especially of disadvantaged groups. But if we make CVET more accessible, can we ensure high quality?
 
 
New publication: EU, be proud of your trainers: supporting those who train for improving skills, employment and competitiveness

New publication: EU, be proud of your trainers: supporting those who train for improving skills, employment and competitiveness

Guiding principles on professional development of trainers in VET
 
 
New publication: Vocational education and training in Italy

New publication: Vocational education and training in Italy

This report provides an insight into Italian VET and recent developments.
 
 
New publication: Spotlight on VET - Italy

New publication: Spotlight on VET - Italy

In recent years, several reforms have been carried out in Italy to make vocational education and training (VET) more flexible and help it respond better to labour market needs.
 
 
New publication: Coping with changes in international classifications of sectors and occupations

New publication: Coping with changes in international classifications of sectors and occupations

Developments in sectoral and occupational classifications have a serious impact on the consistency of time series data, which are essential for comparisons of future and past trends and good forecasting. This publication highlights technical difficulties caused by changes in international classifications of sectors (NACE) and occupations (ISCO) and how these changes were managed in Cedefop’s skill forecasts results.
 
 

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Items submitted by ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network for VET

 

EU Policy

 

The EU’s youth initiatives: focus on education and employment

 
 
 

Your first EURES job - Evaluation report

 
 
 

Population ageing in Europe: facts, implications and policies

 
 
 

Agenda

 

ECVET Forum 2014 'Trusting skills and qualifications in the Europe of tomorrow'

 

  30/10/2014 to 31/10/2014     Vienna, Austria
 
 

Cedefop conference 'Stepping up the pace'

 

  27/11/2014 to 28/11/2014     Thessaloniki, Greece
 
 
 
 

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